Roadside Barn Conversion in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Roadside Barn Conversions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Planning policies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are changing. The Authority are now placing weight on new Local Plan policies L2 and L3, which permit the conversion of roadside barns to dwellings. Previously barn conversions have only been permitted within the settlement boundaries or within existing groups of buildings. 

The conversion would be either restricted to local occupancy (using a new, wider definition of ‘local’); a live-work unit; or short-stay visitor accommodation. There is a possibility that these restrictions could be removed in the future in return for payment of a ‘Conservation Levy’, but this is subject to further consultation and not yet an available option. The barn needs to be in good structural order and bat/barn owl survey will need to be carried out.

We have much experience of planning applications for barn conversions and have been working with the National Park Authority on the introduction of these new policies. We can provide a full service, including topographical survey, preparation of the drawings and supporting documentation (Design and Access Statement, Heritage Statement etc) and management of the planning application on your behalf.

Caroline Sunter BSc (Hons) MRICS @


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